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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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Audio/Video total rating:

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88





Studio and Year: Fox - 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 96 minutes
Genre: Comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, Adam Brody, Djimon Hounson
Written & Directed by: David E. Talbert
Music by: Aaron Zigman
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: February 4, 2014







"She’s done flying solo"


Film Synopsis:

Paula Patton leads a hilarious cast in this first-class comedy that’ll keep you laughing and make your heart soar! Flight attendant Montana Moore (Patton) is smart, sexy and sick of being single. She’s determined to get engaged before her younger sister’s wedding, leaving just 30 days to make her connection. Fortunately, her co-worker crew has cooked up a high-flying scheme for Montana to “accidentally” bump into all her exboyfriends, leading to hilarious encounters as she attempts to land the perfect guy!


My Take:

I consider myself a Paula Patton fan and have liked her since first seeing her in “Déjà vu” with Denzel Washington. I don’t recall her in any leading roles or romantic comedies so when I saw the teaser trailer for Baggage claim I figured I would give it a shot. As a fan of the genre I have a fairly high tolerance for convention as long as the characters and storyline are drawn well enough. Unfortunately this film is poorly written which only serves to exacerbate the formulaically derived plot. I watched it with my wife and literally five minutes into the movie she looked at me and spelled out exactly what would happen and with whom. The romance is painfully uninteresting and the comedy is repetitive and situational which makes it feel forced and ultimately silly. Paula is miscast in the role and lacks the comedic chops to pull off the unlucky in love spinster type. There is some talent in the cast but like Paula Derek Luke is another shoe that doesn’t fit.

Writer/director David E. Talbert’s heart is in the right place but Baggage claim is shallow and inanely silly which relegates it to the unremarkable and ultimately forgettable section in its genre.


Parental Guide:

The rating is for some sexual content and language.



AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


Audio: 82

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Video: 94

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Baggage claim comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox HE featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 36 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.9 Mbps.

Baggage claim looks excellent on Blu-ray Disc and features glossy high definition video quality that exhibit high level detail, razor sharpness and exquisite definition that brings out lifelike textures captured by the camera’s lens. Dimensional perspective has a near infinite appeal that can be visually stimulating. Close ups are noticeably refined and revealing of the subtlest details within facial features and objects within the frame. Mid level camera pans are equally enriching and offer excellent depth and dimension. Colors are appreciably delineated with natural rendering and punchy primaries that stand out among the remaining spectrum of secondary hues. Fleshtones are rendered with vivid tonality and discerning complexional depiction. Contrast is bold applied without overstatement as it enlivens colors and drives whites with washing away detail. Blacks are rich, gradationally strong and dynamic which makes them pop nicely during sequences containing a mix of light and dark elements. Detail in uneven light and darkened environments reveal visible shapes and structure in backgrounds. This is a pristine encoding and reference quality presentation that looks great.

The front loaded lossless surround mix features dialogue that is full bodied with defining tonal characteristics and prominent soundstage position. High level detail is readily apparent as subtle sound effects, music and voices were rendered with superior clarity and depth. There is little call for surround activity and extended dynamics however there are a few instances that provide a discernable level of spatial envelopment accompanied be punchy low frequency enhancement.

Bonus Features:

  • (HD) Behind the scenes with director David E. Talbert with optional commentary – 2 minutes

  • (HD) Fly girls – 4 minute featurette

  • (HD) Wing men – 4 minute featurette

  • (HD) The story – 4 minute featurette

  • (HD) Interviews with the cast – 4 minutes

  • Writer/director audio commentary

  • (HD) Theatrical trailer

  • Bonus DVD

  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy




Final Thoughts:

Baggage claim is an overtly derivative, poorly conceived and forgettable romantic comedy that fails to capitalize on a decent cast and potentially fun concept. It comes to Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox featuring sparkling high definition video, crystal clear lossless sound quality and a middling supplemental offering that takes a glimpse behind the scenes. If you happen to be a fan of the film this Blu-ray release is worth picking up otherwise Baggage claim is a pass.




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Thanks for the review, Ralph!

I do like Paula Patton, but think I'll take your advice and pass on this one.

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Originally Posted by Ralph Potts View Post

Baggage claim is an overtly derivative, poorly conceived and unforgettable romantic comedy that fails to capitalize on a decent cast and potentially fun concept. It comes to Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox featuring sparkling high definition video, crystal clear lossless sound quality and a middling supplemental offering that takes a glimpse behind the scenes. If you happen to be a fan of the film this Blu-ray release is worth picking up otherwise Baggage claim is a pass.

I think you have a typo here. I should have heeded your advice to pass on this.

I like Paula Patton so I couldn't decide if she was just badly directed in this film or if indeed she lacked the comedic timing to pull this off. She seemed ill-at-ease in her role.

But as you mentioned in your review this project was poorly conceived and executed. By the end I felt sorry for everyone involved.

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I think you have a typo here. I should have heeded your advice to pass on this.

I like Paula Patton so I couldn't decide if she was just badly directed in this film or if indeed she lacked the comedic timing to pull this off. She seemed ill-at-ease in her role.

But as you mentioned in your review this project was poorly conceived and executed. By the end I felt sorry for everyone involved.

Greetings,

Yes that was definitely a typo. smile.gif

Thanks for catching it and sorry you had to sit through this one.


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